I received a few questions from my post today that I thought I'd post here. I loved your questions! You asked some good ones and I appreciate it.
I am as frightened of elephants as normal people are spiders and snakes. Or mice. Pick your phobia. Mine is elephants. Pachydermophobia. I kid you not. But I don't mind if you laugh. I'm used to it and sometimes I have to laugh at myself to keep from crying about it. Especially if there are no elephants around. If they are, I'm crying, not laughing. I expect support and sympathy if you find me near an elephant. I will be passed out on the ground or perhaps crouching in a fetal position screaming, "Momma!", so no laughter then, m'kay? I realized I really needed to work on this a few years ago when there was a commercial where an elephant sat on a car. I think it was for car insurance or something, but I never found out because Kristyn, Steve, Corey, a guest in my home, whoever was there would all dive for the remote to change it. Horton Hears a Whoo is hard for me to watch as is The Jungle Book. I get a map of whatever zoo we're at and arrange a meeting place when we get close to the elphants. I can find at least 3 ways around ever having to see them. Why am I so scared of them? When I was in 5th grade, Daddy took me and his oldest daughter to the zoo. We were standing there, watching the elephants and I guess something spooked one. He raised up, putting his front legs up on the inside of the fence and then blew his trunk, blasting a trumpeting sound so loud that it sent me running. Daddy found me 10 or 15 minutes later cowering like a sissy in the bathroom. They wanted to finish the tour but no way, no how. I latched on to my daddy's leg and he saw I wasn't letting go. Took my hysterical self home and on to the emergency room for a shot of something to calm me down. It scared me *that* badly! To this day, they are seriously my worst nightmare.
Singing at the Table
Leisha asked about the not singing at the table thing. I stand corrected. It's not a superstition - it's bad manners according to my Dad. Hah hah! I always thought it was a superstition. I had said I don't consider myself a superstitious person and but that was one of the things I didn't do. I never allowed Kristyn to do it because I wasn't allowed to. I guess it's kind of like not putting your elbows on the table. So it shouldn't have been lumped in there with me not feeling comfortable walking under ladders or opening umbrellas in the house. Whew! Singing at the table while you're eating with a mouthful of food...not quite the same but still...Bwahahaha! Reminds me of the story about the woman who trimmed a roast and her daughter trimmed it and her daughter finally asked why. Calling her grandmother she found out that her grandmother's pan was too small for the roast so she always trimmed it. Some things are better asked, but kind of close into adulthood. I would imagine if I was singing at the table and Daddy told me not to and I asked why I would have been considered disrespectful. Note: that may not be bad manners for everyone. I was a very talkative child and sang *all* the time. I was never quiet. Mother took me to the doctor once because I was hoarse and Dr. Y told her without even examining me he knew what the problem was. He told her to keep me quiet for a few hours. That was hard work for my Momma, ya'll! I'm about half as chatty now as I was growing up.
My testimony can be found here.
Peggy also asked, "Have you taken a Spiritual Gift Inventory? What gifts do you manifest?"
That's a great question! It's been a long time since I've taken one. I'd love to say that I manifest them all, but I don't. I know that as believer's we all have different functions in the Body of Christ. I know we have different gifts. That said, I took a spiritual gifts test. "Showing Mercy, Teaching, Pastor/Shepherd" were my dominant gifts. Showing mercy is so easy for me. I love to teach. I hear alot that I manifest this one. Pastor/Shepherd is one that I'm not too sure about. I was raised to believe that women come under the covering of men as far pastoring goes. I love teachers like Beth Moore and Joyce Meyer and have come across some blogs where women who are pastors or co-pastors with their husbands. I think it's awesome and realize that the way I was raised may not be what God teaches or perhaps I have confused what pastoring and shepherding really mean, but still it's a term I'm uncomfortable with personally. I also scored highly in exhortation, discernment and administration. I see these things manifested daily in my life and am pleased that they are gifts from God. They are just a part of who I am. My weakest gift is evangelism. I'm disappointed but not surprised. I need to grow in this area.
Peggy wrote, "I want you to take a post to teach us this: (if you will) How do you do thoseWORD STUDY of a Bible verse? where you get the Greek or Hebrew & then dissect us...walk us through one like say my memory verse: John 8:12. I've looked up sources when I'm reading yours to try and check &you seem to have a way!!!"
"When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, "I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life." ~ John 8:12 (NIV)
Now let's say we'd like to look at the word light.
I go to www.blueletterbible.org and type in "John 8:12".
I discover that the Greek word for light is actually from a phrase called the light.
I click on the C for concordance and see so much information! I click on the Strong's Number for the word and I find out that the Greek word for the light is phōs. To get the phonetic spelling over that I just copy and paste the word. I italicize it for emphasis. I copy the meaning and paste it.
So my sentence would read, "The Greek word for the phrase the light is phōs, which means:
a) the light
1) emitted by a lamp
2) a heavenly light such as surrounds angels when they appear on earth
b) anything emitting light
1) a star
2) fire because it is light and sheds light
3) a lamp or torch
c) light, i.e brightness
1) of a lamp
a) God is light because light has the extremely delicate, subtle, pure, brilliant quality
b) of truth and its knowledge, together with the spiritual purity associated with it
c) that which is exposed to the view of all, openly, publicly
d) reason, mind
1) the power of understanding esp. moral and spiritual truth
I gather other information sometimes by viewing the Vines entry if there is one and also clicking on the Root Word (Etymology) if there is one. Since there is one here I look at it and see if it's something I might like to post.
Oh yes! One of the root words is phainō, the Greek verb, which means:
1) to bring forth into the light, cause to shine, shed light
a) to shine, be bright or resplendent
b) to become evident, to be brought forth into the light, come to view, appear
1) of growing vegetation, to come to light
2) to appear, be seen
3) exposed to view
c) to meet the eyes, strike the sight, become clear or manifest
1) to be seen, appear
d) to appear to the mind, seem to one's judgment or opinion
And since there is another one I click on it. I get really excited at this one!
Phēmi, the Greek verb means:
1) to make known one's thoughts, to declare
2) to say
I just have to pause here and say....ya'll, Jesus is The Light with a capital T and a capital L! Look at these meanings! A brightness that refers to our Savior's truth and is caused to shine by God! A Light that is of truth and its knowledge, together with the spiritual purity associated with it. A Light which is exposed to the view of all, openly, publicly. He bears truth and knowledge and all spiritual purity associated with Himself. He makes known His thoughts nad declares to us what He has to say. Oh, friends, those who have read the Word cannot deny Him! The truth of...of...oh, help. What's that verse?
Finding a Verse
I am looking for the verse about how one day every knee will bow in Heaven and earth and every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord.
I head over to http://www.biblegateway.com/.
I type in knee, bow, Heaven in the field up at the top by the magnifying glass to pull up the verses which have all those words together in them and it brings up one. I'm getting close!
I expand to get the verse in context and copy and paste the verses:
"Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father." ~ Philippians 2:9-11 (NIV)
This is the Light that is so exalted by God and is clearly revealed. There is no way to miss it. And one day everyone will, whether they want to or not, bow and confess it and God will be glorified!
Peggy also asked about the acrostics.
"Also ACROSTICS would be nice also...how you come up with a verse for each
I pray before I begin any post. Even the fun ones. I want God to have me write what's on His heart for me to say and in a way that ministers to people. If I'm going to write something light-hearted, I pray that I would not malign His Word and that my love for Him will still shine through.
L - Look to the Light to satisfy your heart's desire. "The LORD will guide you always; he will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land and will strengthen your frame. You will be like a well-watered garden, like a spring whose waters never fail." ~ Isaiah 58:11 (NIV)
I - Invite God's Word to light Your way. "Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path." ~ Psalm 119:105 (NIV)
G - Glorify God by staying in His Word and fellowshipping with other believers. "But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin." ~ 1 John 1:7 (NIV)
H - Help others move toward Christ, our light. "He said to them, "Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation." ~ Mark 16:5 (NIV)
T - Trust the light of Christ to move you from darkness to His Light, keeping you close beside Him. "Who among you fears the LORD and obeys the word of his servant? Let him who walks in the dark, who has no light, trust in the name of the LORD and rely on his God." ~ Isaiah 50:10 (NIV)